Curatorial Advisory Panel

Rose Hiscock

Director, Science Gallery Melbourne

Rose Hiscock is the inaugural Director of Science Gallery Melbourne and passionate advocate for science engagement. She has held significant leadership roles including CEO Museum of Applied Arts and Sciences (Powerhouse Museum) and Executive Director Arts Development Australia Council for the Arts.

Rose is committed to building a vibrant, balanced and accessible arts sector. She is a Board member of Back to Back Theatre, Australia’s highly successful company with a full-time ensemble of actors considered to have an intellectual disability, and Chunky Move, one of Australia’s premier dance companies.

Dr Ryan Jefferies

Creative Director, Science Gallery Melbourne

Ryan is Creative Director for Science Gallery Melbourne’s inaugural season Blood and Curator of the Harry Brookes Allen Museum of Anatomy and Pathology. After completing a PhD in infectious disease research, specialising in molecular parasitology, he conducted postdoctoral research at Phylogica, the University of Western Australia and the University of Bristol, before working with Museum Victoria and The University of Melbourne.

Ryan has curated a range of interdisciplinary arts and science exhibitions and public programs, including for Nite Art, Melbourne Knowledge Week and Open House Melbourne.

Read Ryan and Rose’s essay – WHY BLOOD?

Prof Sharon Lewin, FRACP, PhD, FAAHMS

Director, Peter Doherty Institute for Infection and Immunity

Sharon Lewin is the inaugural director of the Peter Doherty Institute for Infection and Immunity, a joint venture between the University of Melbourne and Royal Melbourne Hospital; Professor of Medicine, The University of Melbourne; consultant infectious diseases physician, Alfred Hospital, Melbourne, Australia; and an National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) of Australia Practitioner Fellow. She is an infectious diseases physician and basic scientist.

He research focuses on understanding why HIV persists on treatment and developing clinical trials aimed at ultimately finding a cure for HIV infection. She is passionate about research translation and Science communication and the role of community in research and health.

She was the local co-chair of the XXth International AIDS Conference (AIDS2014), the largest health conference ever held in Australia. She is a member of the council of the NHMRC and chairs the NHMRC Health Translation Advisory Committee and an elected member of the governing council of the International AIDS Society. In 2014 she was named Melburnian of the Year.

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A/Prof David Prior

Cardiologist, St Vincent’s Hospital

Associate Professor David Prior is Deputy Director of Cardiology, Director of Non-invasive Cardiac Imaging and Head of the Heart Failure Clinic at St Vincent’s Hospital, Melbourne. After training in cardiology at the Alfred Hospital, he completed a PhD examining  blood vessel function in heart failure at the Baker Heart Research Institute and subsequently a cardiac imaging fellowship at the Cleveland Clinic Foundation, Ohio, USA. He has worked at St Vincent’s Hospital since 2000 and holds positions of Associate Professor at the University of Melbourne and Adjunct Professor at the Australian Catholic University. Major clinical and research interests are in heart failure management, cardiac imaging and its role in early detection of cardiac disease, sports & exercise cardiology and pulmonary hypertension. His artistic pursuits have largely been in music, with interests in jazz and popular music.

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Prof Paul Monagle

Haematologist, Royal Melbourne Children’s Hospital

Paul is employed as the Assistant Dean, The University of Melbourne Academic Centre, Royal Children’s Hospital; Stevenson Professor and Head of Department of Paediatrics, The University of Melbourne. He is also a Paediatric Haematologist at the Royal Children’s Hospital.

Paul graduated from Monash Medical School with honours in 1988. He achieved dual Fellowship of RACP/RCPA in 1997 as a paediatric haematologist. His MD (Monash) was completed in 2003 and he obtained Fellowship of ACCP in 2001. During 1996-98 Paul worked as a Research Fellow in the Department of Paediatrics, McMaster University, Hamilton Ontario, completing a Masters of Science (Health Research Methodology).

Paul returned to Melbourne in 1998 to commence as Laboratory Haematologist, Women’s and Children’s Health Care Network. Within 12 months Paul was appointed Acting Director, Division of Laboratory Services and subsequently was formally appointed Director and was charged with rebuilding Laboratory Services. This was a successful process with considerable improvements achieved in quality systems, clinical interfacing, management and financial accountability. In 2001 Paul was awarded the RCH Gold Medal, the youngest ever recipient, for his efforts in dealing with the organ retention after autopsy issue.

Paul has remained an active educator, being involved in undergraduate and post graduate teaching.

Paul is a reviewer for many international journals and has published extensively in the fields of developmental haemostasis and paediatric thrombosis and anticoagulation

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Dr Peta Clancy


Peta Clancy is a descendent of the Bangerang Nation from the Murray Goulburn area, South Eastern Australia. She is a lecturer at Monash University at Monash Art Design and Architecture. In 2009 she was awarded a practice based PhD at Monash. She has been awarded grants from the City of Melbourne, Australia Council for the Arts and Creative Victoria. She has recently completed a commission for the Australian Centre for Photography’s exhibition project ‘Under the Sun’ which will be exhibited at the State Library of NSW, Sydney and Monash Gallery of Art, Melbourne in 2017. From 2009-2013 she collaborated with Helen Pynor on the exhibition project ‘The Body is a Big Place’ exploring human organ transplantation. In 2012 the project was awarded an Honorary Mention in the 2012 Prix Ars Electronica, Austria and a 2012 Australian Network for Art and Technology Synapse Art Science Residency Grant. To realise the project Clancy and Pynor worked with members of the organ transplant community, organ transplant patients, medical clinicians and scientists. ‘The Body is a Big Place’ project has been exhibited nationally and internationally including at Ateneo De Manila University, Philippines (2016); La Trobe University Visual Arts Centre, Bendigo (2015); LUMA, La Trobe University Museum of Art, Melbourne (2015); Galerija Kapelica, Slovenia (2013); National Taiwan Museum of Fine Arts, Taiwan (2013); National Centre for Contemporary Art, Baltic Branch, Russia (2013); Science Gallery Dublin (2013); Powerhouse Museum, Sydney (2013); OK Center for Contemporary Art, Austria (2012); Mornington Peninsula Regional Gallery, Victoria (2012) and Performance Space, Sydney (2011).

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Robert Walton

Lecturer and artist, Victorian College of the Arts, University of Melbourne

Robert Walton is an artist from Lancashire, England who lives and works in Melbourne, Australia. He is also Lecturer in Theatre at The Victorian College of the Arts, University of Melbourne. Robert has written and directed over 30 original works spanning theatre, installation and media art. His shows are often immersive, involve novel uses of mobile technology and explore particular sites of interest including museums, historic buildings, public spaces, galleries and most recently, cemeteries. Robert curated the Australian dance and performance season for Glasgow 2014: The XXth Commonwealth Games and regularly works as a consultant for museums, arts organisations and artists interested in creating immersive experiences.

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